Friday, October 3, 2008

Help Us to Die!

The search for eternal life (in liquid form) takes a typically macabre turn towards the horrific in this nicely illustrated terror tale from the October 1953 issue of Eerie #13. You totally gotta love that mummy! Can anyone name the artist here?








Also: This is the last day to get your scenario in for the THOIA “Haunt from the Sea” Contest. All entries must be in by midnight tonight so that Dr. Phibes has time to decide your fate. Will you win, or will you perish as horribly as did the doctors that carelessly murdered his wife? Ooops, I promised Phibes I wouldn’t keep bringing that up... sorry Doc!

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Teen-Age Dope Slaves (AUCTION) UPDATE: Sold for $786.50

Any time a copy of the 1952 issue of Teen-Age Dope Slaves #1 (aka Harvey Comics Library #1) shows up on eBay it’s always a cause for excitement. Some of you might not consider it worthy for inclusion here at THOIA, but this is still a superbly notorious “SOTI” pre-code comic, and as you can see from the outrageous price that it’s currently fetching on eBay, it is one incredibly desirable 50’s collectible. I love watching auctions like this…

(click image for auction)

Also, if anyone has a copy of this comic that they’d care to share with us for a future post please contact me. Thank you!
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Help Us Get High!
Sky-rocketing price of Teen-Age Dope Slaves got you down? Tonight, TCM has something special for that slobbery slave inside all of us. (Kids, don’t do drugs ---Ed.) It’s a late night triple feature of pre-code drug scare classics... yes, 3 hours of insanely overblown glimpses into shattered innocence and the dangers of deadly, umm, pot addiction, 30's style: Reefer Madness (1936), Marihuana (1936), and The Cocaine Fields (1938.)

So if you’re not too stoned (and you know who I'm talking to Bong Dylan Breath), check TCM for more info and show times in your area.

13 comments:

Dane said...

This one would have also fit nicely in the "not too bright protagonists" theme from a while back. Criminal greed and haste make a bad combo.

And I'll leave the "he's fumbling for something in his clothes! "Trying to get something out!" bit for someone else to have fun with - I feel like I'm always the eternal twelve year old here.

silvano said...

Anyone could guess the ending from the first page or so ; but the fascination with this kind of comics does not lie in in the stories per se , but rather in the way they're told , and this one has some really good artwork ...
Thanks for sharing !

prof. grewbeard said...

me? eternally eight. better than eternal life, apparently...

i loved the fact that our protaganists talked like gangsters, that's always sexy! and that ending was pure Hell!

when i worked at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, there was a mummy that some of the long-time employees were afraid of. they said it haunted the place and even went on record in the local news about it. Believe It Or Don't! it sure got my respect!

Mr. Cavin said...

Last panel page two: "An idea sprang into Jim Torrence's scheming mind!"

Yeah, yeah. Cute redhead, dark alley, anybody would have that idea, Jim. Oh wait, that alley is apparently where they live. So this is actually a story about the immortal homeless, snacking on hand-outs from the wealthy museum dwellers, but discovering that material want comes with a cosmetic price. Soon they are living in a cave instead of an alley; but have the really moved up in the world? Pretty heady stuff.

todd said...

Funny how accelerated aging rotted away one, but not both, of his shoes. We learned something today, boys and girls!

Absinthe said...

That's another one for the stupid criminals' award like Dane said. Smart enough to read ancient Egyptian - dumb enough to just drink anything he found on a mummy!

AndyDecker said...

Ha, today I also knew how the story ended. Yay, me! (Okay, this time it wasn´t so difficult.)

So, there are young and healthy 3000 years old immortal egypt aristocrats still out there, who didn´t fell victim to the curse. Nice to know.

This really had a good and subtle characterisation. Jim is a thug, who likes to brawl, Marjorie is cute but a shrew. Not too bright, but still a nice couple :-)

But the best line here must be this thing about smuggling the mummy back to Egypt to prove they found it in the first place. Priceless.

Wow, this is a steep price for an ebay-comic. Is it this rare?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the artist of this particular story, but I'm fairly certain that the cover artist is Wally Wood.

Karswell said...

Yes, this Eerie's issue cover art is definitely Wood. Neither GCD or Overstreet give an artist credit but it's obviously Wally, plus I think I read somewhere else that it was him. Wood and Orlando cut their teeth on a ton of great work for this Avon series before heading over to EC where they really exploded, (so sayeth The Illustrated History of Horror Comics by Mike Benton.) Wish I had more in my collection to share.

Ok. Anyone else still planning on joining in the THOIA contest this week? We have alot of great submissions, a few more came in yesterday and thankfully they've placed enough of a distraction upon Dr. Phibes mad judgery that it's pulled him away from completion of his massive Earth destroying death ray device. Sooo, if you don't want to die screaming with the rest of humanity then join in the contest--- NOW! Pleeze? Help save the children...

Anonymous said...

THAT IS ONE CRAZY EYED MUMMY!! ANYONE ELSE LOOK AT THE GCD COVER GALLERY FOR THIS EERIE SERIES? THE BLONDE ON THIS COVER IS THE SAME BLONDE ON THE OVER OF ISSUE 9, AND ON ISSUE 5 SHE HAS BLACK HAIR! SAME POSE AND SAME HAIR STYLE AND RED SHIRT. NICE HEADLIGHTS TOO!

silvano said...

Wood did re-use the same figures quite often ; nonetheless I think he's one of the best comic artists ever ...

Horror pariah said...

I REALLY did not see that coming,i felt they would be stuck in some horrible trap and eternally suffer after ingesting the formula,funny how you can always figure out the endings,but never the specifics.funny you should mention Houston prof.Grewbeard,i used to live there!.>Wood did re-use the same figures. so did everyone who was great too really,Kirby and Davis especially,but at least they were good artists with some knowledge of anatomy and storytelling,unlike a certain Image comics "legend" who shall remain nameless out of courtesy from the bottom of my heart(covered by my photoshopped 7 foot pectoral muscles.).

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